The conventional wisdom regarding baby teeth is that parents don’t need to do much in the way of oral hygiene until they actually have something to brush. Infants’ teeth typically begin to erupt between the ages of 6 and 14 months. Once the teeth erupt, they should be cared for just like adult teeth would be. Flossing to dislodge plaque and food particles may be a bit difficult, because most baby teeth have significant gaps between them that don’t fill in until later.
Some new research conducted at the University of Illinois on bacteria in the mouths of infants may require a rewrite of the dental assistant training curriculum. Research shows that bacteria responsible for causing cavities in children, known as early childhood caries (ECC), is present in infant saliva. ECC is a bacterial infection that causes severe tooth decay in young children.
Is your child acting strangely? Does he become enraged or hysterical at the slightest provocation? Is she having difficulty learning in school? All children act up once in the while but if your child seems almost constantly upset and aggressive, the problem may be something you’ve never thought of. Find out more about how gluten intolerance can cause aggression in children and what you can do about it.
Natural Treatments to Calm Infant Colic
Colic is unsettling for both infant and mother alike. It is most common in newborns during the first two weeks of life and tends to disappear when the baby is three to four months of age. Though it is more common for bottle-fed babies to get colic, breast-fed newborns can also be stricken with this malady. If your newborn is suffering with colic and you’re suffering from lack of sleep, learn how to cure baby’s colic tonight using natural treatments.
Homemade Gripe Water
Gripe water is a great natural remedy for infant colic. It is made from a combination of herbs that are naturally designed to ease digestive distress. Common herbs used are: dill seed, fennel seed, cinnamon bark, ginger, chamomile, peppermint and lemon balm. These herbs can be used in various combinations and not all the herbs have to be used for it to be effective. Here is one recipe for homemade gripe water:
3 cups water
1 teaspoon crushed dill or fennel seeds
2 teaspoons chamomile
½ teaspoon of peppermint
2 teaspoons of ginger
2 teaspoons of sugar
Both dill and fennel are excellent natural digestive aids that stimulate appetite, dispel gas and settle the stomach. Chamomile is a natural calming agent while peppermint and ginger are both effective herbal stomach-soothers.
Keys to Keeping Kids Safe Everyday
In this day and age, toxins are everywhere. Everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat contains a variety of toxins that could affect the health of your child. Let’s take a look at some of the toxins in their everyday environment and what you can do to ensure their safety.
Even if your child doesn’t leave the house today, he or she will still be exposed to plenty of environmental toxins. The most common are:
Many commercial household cleaners are chock full of harsh chemicals that can cause serious allergic reaction, neurological problems and autoimmune disease in children.
Popular name-brand laundry detergents are packed with dyes and other chemicals such as phosphorus, ammonia and phenol that linger on your child’s clothing and may cause itchy, red skin, hives, swelling and respiratory problems.
Parents with young babies, take notice. Shampooing a carpet you plan to let your infant play on is very dangerous. Carpet shampoo contains perchlorethylene, a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
If your daughter is like most little girls, she loves to play dress-up and that includes make-up. It’s important to check the labels on any cosmetics she uses. More than likely they contain harmful dyes such as FD&C Red # 3, which have been proven to mimic natural estrogen and lead to the development of breast cancer.
What You Can Do